Infantry: February 27, 2001


The US Army is evaluating the XM303 "paintball" weapon made by FN Herstal. This is designed for use as a Less Than Lethal Weapon in operational zones, not as a sport or training weapon. The quick-change magazine carries fifteen 12-gauge projectiles; the compressed gas cylinder can fire 60 rounds (a longer version can fire 120). Unlike sport paintball weapons used by weekend warriors, the XM303 looks like a rifle, having the gas cylinder alongside the barrel and the magazine under it (rather than having a gravity-fed tub of paintballs on top). While standard paintballs could be used to mark an individual for later arrest or interrogation, modified versions could carry tear gas or "mal-odorants". Other types of ammunition could be illumination rounds or solid rubber impact projectiles.--Stephen V Cole


Article Archive

Infantry: Current 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000 1999 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close